GOP lawmaker: 'It is terrible' for Trump to call on China to probe Biden

Outgoing Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (R-Texas) said Friday that "it is terrible" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE to ask foreign leaders to investigate domestic rivals such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE.

The comments came the day after Trump, speaking outside the White House, called on China and Ukraine to probe possible corruption by Biden, while House Democrats advance their impeachment push centered on a whistleblower's claim that Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to take action by withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid.


"These are allegations ... but these are serious enough that warrant some of the hearings we've been having," Hurd said on CNN's "New Day." "I'm interested in hearing from more of the State Department officials and looking forward to the transcript of [former Ukraine special envoy Kurt] Volker that happened yesterday."

The Texas Republican faulted Trump for his Thursday call for Beijing and Kiev to take action by investigating Biden and his son, Hunter Biden — as well as for his tweet on Tuesday congratulating China on the 70th anniversary of Mao Zedong establishing Communist rule. 

"I think it is terrible,” Hurd answered. “I think it is something that I wouldn’t have done and I can go two days — I think two days before that, wishing China congratulations on 70 years of communism via a tweet, is not something I would do either.

"China is an adversary."